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# SOFT OPTIONS

## New York Times, Sunday, April 3, 2022

Author:
Byron Walden
Editor:
Will Shortz
Battery parts?
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## This puzzle:

Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 132, Blocks: 62 Missing: none – this is a pangram. This is puzzle # 103 for Mr. Walden.
Will Shortz notes:
Byron Walden, a math and computer science professor at Santa Clara University, is a regular crossword contributor to The Times. He says the idea for this puzzle started with the title. "I ... read more
Byron Walden notes:
Back in 2005, I used the clue [Shroud of Torino?] for CAR COVER. On the old Times Forum and Crossword Fiend, then in its rookie year, a poster vituperatively objected to the cheeky ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
SOFT OPTIONS is an apt title for this puzzle, in many ways. Most importantly, when parsed as S OF T OPTIONS, it explains that each of the eight themers follow a three-word pattern, where ... read more
 1L 2I 3F 4T 5U 6P 7P 8F 9F 10T 11P 12E 13L 14T 15S 16W 17A 18N 19A C R O S S 20R E A R 21W I P E R 22C E C E 23S E A O F T 24R A N Q U I L I T Y 25H E I R 26T B I L L 27A I D S 28R O C S 29S O U N D 30I L L S 31A P S E 32S E T S O 33F T O N G S 34N U T 35S U P E R 36V H S 37N E A L 38G E Y 39S E R E D 40E R A 41S 42E 43B R O 44C 45H 46E 47T E A R 48B R O W E D 49R E F L E X 50U 51N 52L A D E 53J E S U S L I 54K E 55T E A T 56N E A R S 57R U N E D 58T A Z 59H A V E 60D O C S 61S A N D S O 62F 63T I M E 64O N I N 65E S T O 66O R K 67F A U N A 68M U S E D 69R O O F 70B A D 71R 72A T I N G 73T I G E R S 74G U S T 75A F 76N O D U L E 77S E T H 78O L E O L E 79A N D R E 80F A S T T 81A 82L 83K 84M O S 85T 86W I D 87E O U T S 88D E E 89S 90O 91N O F T A 92R 93Z A N 94A R R S 95P A N E 96A V E R T 97P E E T 98A R C O 99G A M I N 100L I A R 101S T A T E 102O F T E N 103N E S S E E 104E N T O 105R A D A R T R A P 106A N T O N Y 107M E O W 108S P Y S 109C O G S 110E X A N T E
© 2022, The New York Times4/3/22 ( No. 26,444 )
Across
1
Hearten : LIFTUP
7
"... and it flopped" : PFFT
11
Attack with snowballs, say : PELT
15
Graceful bird : SWAN
19
20
Clearer in hindsight? : REARWIPER
22
___ Winans, 12-time Grammy-winning gospel singer : CECE
23
Apollo 11 landing spot : SEAOFTRANQUILITY
25
26
Quickly maturing security, for short : TBILL
27
Helps : AIDS
28
Flying terrors of myth : ROCS
29
With 42-Down, Oscars category from 1963 to 2019 : SOUND
30
Misfortunes : ILLS
31
Semicircular recess : APSE
32
Items used by barkeepers, barbecuers and blacksmiths : SETSOFTONGS
34
35
Enhanced tape format released in 1987 : SUPERVHS
37
38
Spewed forcefully : GEYSERED
40
Take off the board : ERASE
43
À la ___ (spit-roasted) : BROCHE
47
Spree : TEAR
48
Black-___ albatross : BROWED
49
Knee-jerk response : REFLEX
50
53
Describing the 32-Down's image : JESUSLIKE
55
Milk source : TEAT
56
Impends : NEARS
57
Inscribed with some ancient characters : RUNED
58
Whirling toon, familiarly : TAZ
59
Order, in a way : HAVE
60
Nonfiction films, informally : DOCS
61
Metaphor from an hourglass : SANDSOFTIME
64
"Come ___!" : ONIN
65
This: Sp. : ESTO
66
Sitcom planet of the '70s and '80s : ORK
67
Animal life : FAUNA
68
Pondered : MUSED
69
70
73
Relentless go-getters : TIGERS
74
Carl XVI ___ (king of Sweden beginning in 1973) : GUSTAF
76
Little bump : NODULE
77
Eve's third son : SETH
78
Soccer chant : OLEOLE
79
___ 3000, half of the hip-hop duo Outkast : ANDRE
80
84
A majority : MOST
86
Offensive football positions : WIDEOUTS
88
Ruby of "The Jackie Robinson Story" : DEE
89
Edgar Rice Burroughs novel, with "The" : SONOFTARZAN
94
Talk Like a Pirate Day outbursts : ARRS
95
Dormer section : PANE
96
Turn aside : AVERT
97
Actress Amanda : PEET
98
Taking a bow at the symphony? : ARCO
99
Waif : GAMIN
100
"A warehouse of facts, with poet and ___ in joint ownership" ("The Devil's Dictionary" definition for "imagination") : LIAR
101
Its motto is "Agriculture and Commerce" : STATEOFTENNESSEE
104
Opposite of exo- : ENTO
105
Woe for a speeder : RADARTRAP
106
___ Blinken, Biden's secretary of state : ANTONY
107
Bit of "kit chat" : MEOW
108
1974 spoof with the tagline "Would you buy a used secret from these men?" : SPYS
109
Bits of machinery : COGS
110
Latin phrase meaning "based on forecasts" : EXANTE
Down
1
Having legs : LASTING
2
3
Weakness : FRAILTY
4
Sledge, wedge, etc. : TOOLS
5
Sports org. with the Pittsburgh Maulers and Philadelphia Stars : USFL
6
SFO setting: Abbr. : PST
7
Sang hosannas to : PRAISED
8
Car part the Brits call a "wing" : FENDER
9
Heading for commonly sought info : FAQS
10
Capote nickname : TRU
11
___ light : PILOT
12
Sweeping works : EPICS
13
Reveals : LETSON
14
Don't give up : TRY
15
Intellectual movement : SCHOOLOFTHOUGHT
16
Tyke : WEEUN
17
Performing well on : ACING
18
Candy with two flavors in one box : NERDS
21
Flexible cutters : WIRESAWS
24
Kid Cudi or Lil Baby, e.g. : RAPPER
29
Fixed look : STARE
31
Enveloping atmospheres : AURAE
32
Pope Pius XII called it "a holy thing perhaps like nothing else" : SHROUDOFTURIN
33
Odor-fighting spray brand : FEBREZE
35
Parts of some brackets : SEEDS
36
"Yankee Doodle" has 16 of them : VERSES
39
Entertainers with bright futures : STARSOFTOMORROW
41
Partner of poivre : SEL
42
See 29-Across : EDITING
44
Juice regimen : CLEANSE
45
Like épées vis-à-vis foils : HEAVIER
46
Stretches out : EXTENDS
48
Curve : BEND
50
Experience : UNDERGO
51
Music genre for Erykah Badu and D'Angelo : NEOSOUL
52
Many people find it intolerable : LACTOSE
53
About 98% of the human genome : JUNKDNA
54
Word meaning "desire" in a classic Sanskrit text : KAMA
57
___ avis : RARA
61
Big tear-jerker : SOBFEST
62
Went under : FAILED
63
Word with fine or signature : TUNE
68
Hands, in slang : MITTS
71
1980s White House nickname : RON
72
Dilute something, in a way : ADDWATER
73
Battery parts? : TESTS
75
Up in the air : ALOFT
77
Maker of the Ring in "The Lord of the Rings" : SAURON
80
Surgical instrument with thumbholes : FORCEPS
81
Joy who wrote "Born Free" : ADAMSON
82
Forgiving : LENIENT
83
Talent for discernment : KEENEYE
85
Mic check noise : TAPTAP
87
Cattle ranch identifier : EARTAG
89
"The Crucible" setting : SALEM
90
Sheepish? : OVINE
91
"Swell!" : NEATO
92
"I can do this. Hit me" : READY
93
Some 10-pointers in Greek Scrabble : ZETAS
95
Dish made from durum, say : PASTA
98
Prefix with futurism : AFRO
99
Kids of boomers : GENX
101
102
Not prescription, in brief : OTC
103
Scottish negative : NAE